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Between January and June 2019, we experienced our busiest ever start to the year. Across the first six months 331,337 new clients across the UK contacted us for help with their debt problems
Our Statistics Mid-Year Update takes an in-depth look at the latest personal and household debt trends for the first half of 2019.
In the first six months of 2019, 331,337 new clients from
across the UK contacted us for
help with their debts. That’s one new client
every 48 seconds.
Between January and June 2019, 43% of clients were
identified as having an additional vulnerability on top of their financial
difficulty, including physical health issues, learning disabilities, hearing
difficulties, or sight loss.
In the first half of 2019, 31% of new clients who had
responsibility for a
council tax bill were in arrears. This is the first time
this proportion has increased since 2015.
A quarter of new clients (24%) are single parents, a proportion which has been steadily rising over the past few years. More than 85% of our single parent clients are female.
Almost seven in ten (68%) new clients have at least one credit card debt at the time of advice, with an average amount of £7,452. You can find more on our high interest credit card research in our Red Card report.
Email us to discuss our 2019 personal debt statistics and other debt research across the UK.